October - November 2017 Studio Update: A bit of everything

This month I began working in a new format - miniature paintings!

A miniature of Mt. Elbert in Leadville, Colorado

A miniature of Mt. Elbert in Leadville, Colorado

Another miniature of Mt. Elbert - about 3 x 3 inches

Another miniature of Mt. Elbert - about 3 x 3 inches




These mini paintings take about as much concentration or more as a larger painting, say an 8 x 10. Decisions just have to be better and more precise. 

I'm still working through painting my memories, many of which involve video games from the 1990s - up next is a painting of an Arcology from Sim City 2000. Here is the underpainting and the original Arcology: 


On the other side of the studio I have been finally working on something that has been in my to-do pile for months - lettering my comic, Tilted Sun. 

I'm accomplishing the lettering project in Clip Studio Paint (Formerly known as Manga Studio). Although learning Clip Studio Paint took a few painful failures for me and several Googlings of how to get text to work the way I wanted, it's been worth it. (I might try illustrator for this too, soon?) 

All in all lettering has made the comic more real. I've set up about 60 pages of the comic so far without any words, just scribbles of notes of the words that I wanted to use. Ironically this has worked to make the images more expressive - the images were working almost like a silent film until now. 

The font I am using for the comic, Sequentialist, which is a pretty rad font! 

The font I am using for the comic, Sequentialist, which is a pretty rad font! 

The first part of the comic also took different turns than I expected - I had most of it written out but then decided to discard a lot of the first, second, x drafts, in favor of what felt better, or indulging "what the comic really wanted to say". 

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It continues to take me a long time to work on this comic because writing and doing art for and lettering a full color comic takes many hours of thought at different levels. Oil painting feels like a break compared to it. It works for me to spend time on both, especially since paintings emerge into the world as physical objects, and the comic just lives in screens (for now).  So, painting is the day-by-day mini reward that helps me keep going through the comic. 

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All in all October was a solid month and November is off to a great start! Thanks for stopping by on the blog, and catch you soon! 

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Art Coffee Break: Relaxing Ink Artwork Ideas

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While making these weblike works using ink and water, I have kept two images in mind: a meditative path, and a dreamcatcher. I started making the circular pieces because it is interesting to see how the color flows within the shape. 

1. Make 5 cocentric circles of water

2. Connect the circles with arbitrary radial paths

3. Add color throughout

The randomness of the radial paths is what leads each circle group to be unique. Here is a video of this process during step 3, where color is added to an existing waterform: 

Ripple effect - every action has a reaction . . . . .

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The shapes look much darker before eventually drying, although in the piece above, I did use a lot of black ink. 

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While making the piece above I was thinking about atomic structures in textbooks, and how our visual conception of atoms and subatomic particles are mostly just that - visual conceptions or representational ideas that try to capture something we can never truly see. In textbooks, electrons are represented as little spheres, and this is as close as we can come to knowing what an electron looks like. So, I made the piece above thinking about the limitations of representation in physics and how we try, through art, to communicate relationships between atomic forms. It sort of works, but it works while knowing it is a flawed enterprise. 



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The piece above is a simple maze, where I carried a single line of water across an entire sheet of paper, stopping to refill the water dropper occasionally. What is fun about works like this is creating an undulation, then finding a way to correct it or even out the space later on. I only lost my steady hand at the last moment at the very bottom of the paper, where you can see the two lines joining. I think I became too excited to finish the piece and temporarily lapsed in concentration! 



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After warming up with low-stakes abstract shapes, I was able to start work on a more advanced shape - that of a leaping cat. The stakes are still low working with water on paper - if you move the water to an area of the paper that feels 'wrong' you can just try again with another sheet before applying color. The original sheet will just dry off and you can try again. To combat any further frustration here, I typically try to keep about 20 sheets of small mixed media on hand. This frees me up to make mistakes and keep trying - without feeling bad that I ruined a piece of paper or wasted it.

Hope you enjoyed this Art Coffee Break! 

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Art Journal on ink

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